Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baden believe is a reflection of the way people live?

2. What is livor mortis?

3. What drug does Baden note is invisible on the autopsy table?

4. What did medical examiners have to decide between as a cause of death for Elvis?

5. Where did Humes place the gunshot wound to the head erroneously?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

2. Describe the symptoms of strangulation, as seen during autopsy.

3. Describe why Baden notes the conspiracy theorists' use of the head movement of Kennedy after his shooting leads to unreliable conclusions.

4. What happened to much of the evidence in the Kennedy assassination case, and what does Baden believe occurred?

5. What was Humes' excuse about the faulty autopsy, and is this excuse valid?

6. What is psychosis with exhaustion, according to Baden?

7. Explain how Baden discovered the age, time of death, and identity of Katherine Howard.

8. Explain why identification of the victims of Flight 66 was hindered.

9. Describe how Baden explains why the father of the female drug addict in Chapter Two has little emotion.

10. Explain Baden's experience of the convergence of hospital medicine and the morgue, and why the event had an impact on him.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the case of Daphne Mellon, it became clear, through Baden's investigation, that Mellon had died of a drug overdose. The case was closed, without locating anyone who attended the party Baden believes she attended, and without speaking with anyone who directly had dealings with Mellon at the party. Do you believe Baden's judgment was biased, based on Mellon's known drug use and history of sexual promiscuity? Or do you believe the evidence found supports his idea of a drug and sex party gone wrong? Explain your answer, using the details from the case. Be sure to mention where she was found, events leading up to the death, her boyfriend's statements, and those of her friends, her actions prior to her death, the findings at the scene, and any other pertinent information.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the near conviction of Leonard Barco, the man originally believed to have killed Gail Morris. Why was he suspected? What was the role of Dr. Braga in the original cause of death? Why did he issue the cause of death as he did? What led Baden to believe this was incorrect? What did Baden find? Why did this help convince the judge Barco did not commit the crime?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, Baden discusses the history of the office of the medical examiner. In detail, discuss this history. How did the position begin in the reign of King Richard I? What was the position like by the eighteenth century? What event began to change the view of this position, according to Scotland Yard? What began to happen by the French Revolution? How was the position seen in the colonies? What was the view of the ME by the early nineteenth century? What is the current view? Be sure to list details from the book in your discussion.

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